February 14, 2020
DIVINE SERVICE: Please join us for our Family Life Service this Weekend February 14-15. Our guest speakers are Pastor Jose Cortez, Jr., Associate Ministerial Director, NAD and his wife, Joanne Cortez.
VESPERS SERVICE: Mr. & Mrs. Hoosh Karimabadi will be the speakers this Valentine’s Day, February 14. Vespers starts at 7:30 p.m. 
HERNDON CHURCH: Dr. Paulasir Abraham will be the speaker this Sabbath, February 15, 2020.
FAMILY LIFE WEEKEND SOCIAL will be this Saturday, February 15 at 8:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall. ABCD, “Any Body Can Dance” is open to all. If you are interested in participating, please contact, Mani Panickar at 301-758-7467 or Santosh Benjamin at 502-240-9154. 
THE EARLITEENS SABBATH SCHOOL is going laser tagging this Sunday, February 16th at noon, after Pathfinder Club meeting ends. Parents of Earliteens, please stop by the Earliteens Sabbath School (7th & 8th) room during Sabbath School to fill out a permission slip or refer to the email that was sent. Please contact Mrs. Savita Kandulna for questions at 301-642-6912
COMMUNITY OUTREACH MINISTRIES: Please stop by Community Outreach Ministries Table to register for Rise Against Hunger event. We have 42 volunteers registered (Goal: 200) and received donations to pack 295 meals (Goal: 20,000). The cost of each meal is 34 cents. Your time and donation is greatly appreciated.
MARYLAND EXCEL DMV, a Youth Based Sports Organization that caters to the Sabbath keeper is hosting our Spring 2020 basketball tryouts for boys and girls in grades 4 through 11 on February 9th and March 1st. For tryout times, locations and other sport offerings, please visit our website:  
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HINDUSTANI CHOIR PRACTICE will be held every fourth Saturday of the month. We will meet after the divine service in the prayer chapel. Interested in singing Hindi songs? Please come join the choir. 
NATIONAL CHRISTIAN CHOIR will be in Concert @5:00 p.m. next Saturday, February 22, 2020. Please invite family and friends.
March 6-28:            
Evangelistic Series – Speaker: Gerald Christo, Youth Pastor
October 7-17:         
 India Evangelism in Jharkhand– Cost: $1500-$2000/person (includes airfare, local travels, accommodation, meeting expenses etc. If interested, please contact Church office @301-879-7222. Volunteers needed: Week of Prayer/Revival Meeting Speakers, Health Talk Presenters, VBS Coordinators, Sports Coaches and helpers etc.   
Pastor’s Blog 
As a teenager in boarding schools and colleges, I would hide in strategic places looking for my date to arrive to pluck a kiss which was prohibited in our culture. When I got married, every time I left home for work or my wife left for work, we would stand at the door and kiss each other — a practice that we followed for many, many years. I am not sure when or why through our long journey together of nearly 45 years we stopped doing so on a regular basis. My wife, as she kissed me goodbye, would often say: “Judas.” It was probably because we had a misunderstanding earlier, or it was just a joke that children saw and reminded us of many years later. Now that chocolate day and the other special days of Valentine’s week is over, and we are upon Hug day and Kiss day, today and tomorrow. I hope you will take the time to hug and kiss your loved ones, especially your spouse, not only on valentine days but continue to do so for the rest of the year.  Keep the romance alive in your marriage. This reminds me of a couple who failed to kiss each other goodbye because of a misunderstanding they had the previous evening.  When the wife heard the door shutting and her husband leaving for work, she jumped out of bed, ran to the driveway with her unkempt hair flying in different directions. As his car was pulling out, she banged on the window to the regular plant a kiss on her husband and they called out to each other, “I love you.” Unfortunately, that day, he died in a tragic accident. The wife through days of sorrow consoled herself with thoughts that the last moments together for them was to kiss each other. The origin of a kiss is a mystery and I wonder if Adam and Eve kissed in the garden. The early records of kissing is traced to India and appears in four Vedic Sanskrit texts dated around 1500 BC. A few hundred years later kissing on the lips appears in the epic poem, “Mahabharata.” It is believed that Alexander the Great, after invading India introduced it in the Greek culture, the Romans copied it and much later it was introduced into the Western Culture. Whatever the origin, the practice of kissing not only develops good bonds of love but has numerous health benefits. To name a few, it tightens facial skin and makes you look younger, burns calories and helps one lose weight, it is also a good stress reliever and increases life span, etc., etc. Just research it and you will find many more health benefits. Better still, this being Valentine week with February 12 as Kiss Day, please kiss your spouse as though there is no tomorrow and strengthen the bonds of love that you promised on your wedding day.
Franklin David
Shalom, Shalom!
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